|By PR Newswire||
|March 31, 2014 04:10 PM EDT||
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO), the third largest tobacco company in the United States, today announced the election of Jerry W. Levin to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. The Board is now comprised of nine members, eight of whom are non-executive independent directors.
"We are delighted that Jerry has joined our Board. He brings extensive leadership and strategic experience within the consumer products industry to our Board's already broad range of talents," said Murray S. Kessler, Chairman, President and CEO of Lorillard, Inc. "We look forward to Jerry's contributions as we work to achieve our goal to consistently deliver double digit total shareholder returns over the long term."
Jerry W. Levin serves as Executive Chairman of Wilton Brands Inc., a creative consumer products company, a position he has held since 2009. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Wilton Brands Inc. from 2009 to 2014. Mr. Levin served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JW Levin Partners LLC, a management and investment firm that he founded in 2005. Prior to that, he served as Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer of Sharper Image Corporation, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Household, Inc. (formerly Sunbeam Corporation) and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Revlon International Corporation. Mr. Levin also serves on the Boards of Directors of U.S. Bancorp and Ecolab Inc.
About Lorillard, Inc.
Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO), through its Lorillard Tobacco Company subsidiary, is the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States. Founded in 1760, Lorillard is the oldest continuously operating tobacco company in the U.S. Newport, Lorillard's flagship premium cigarette brand, is the top selling menthol and second largest selling cigarette in the U.S. In addition to Newport, the Lorillard product line has four additional cigarette brand families marketed under the Kent, True, Maverick and Old Gold brand names. These five brands include 43 different product offerings which vary in price, taste, flavor, length and packaging. Lorillard, through its other subsidiaries, is also a leading global electronic cigarette company, marketed under the blu eCigs and SKYCIG brands. Newport, Kent, True, Maverick, Old Gold, blu eCigs and SKYCIG are the registered trademarks of Lorillard and its subsidiaries. Lorillard maintains its corporate headquarters and manufactures all of its traditional cigarette products in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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